Toxic Shock Syndrome: Causes, Symptoms & Prevention
Feminine health and hygiene issues are often considered uncomfortable to talk about but we at Beautyglown want to open up the conversation. One of these being, Toxic Shock Syndrome or TSS. Have you heard about Toxic Shock syndrome, but aren’t sure exactly what it is and how to prevent it?
We’re here to help you understand how it occurs and how it can be easily avoided, to make sure you’re informed, safe and confident!
Toxic Shock Syndrome Symptoms, Causes & Treatment
What Is Toxic Shock Syndrome:
Toxic Shock Syndrome is an extremely rare infection and is potentially life-threatening if left untreated. Although it can occur in people of all ages and genders, 50% of cases have been linked to the use of menstrual devices like tampons.
How It Occurs
TSS occurs due to two factors. First, there is a rapid growth of bacteria called staphylococcus or ‘staph’ for short. Then this bacteria enters the bloodstream through a small cut or opening and produces toxins that cause the infection.
Experts are still unsure of why the use of menstrual devices causes these conditions. Some believe that tampons saturated with blood without being changed for many hours make it easy for the bacteria to grow quickly. And tampon fibers can create tiny cuts in the walls of your vagina through which the bacteria can enter your bloodstream.
Symptoms & Treatment
These toxins produced by the ‘staph’ bacteria can send your body into shock causing sudden high fever, dizziness, extreme headaches, vomiting and a sunburn-like rash on your body. If you experience these symptoms call a doctor immediately or visit a hospital!
Although this sounds scary, past cases have been the result of menstrual devices been left in the body for more than 30 hours or small pieces of the device remaining in the body for a long time. This is extremely easy to avoid and prevent with just a few simple tips!
- Always wash your hands before inserting any menstrual device.
- Change tampons every 4-8 hours and menstrual cups every 8-12 hours.
- Use low absorbency tampons to avoid a large amount of blood collecting.
- Use pads on light flow days as dry tampons can be rough on the wall of your vagina.
- Thoroughly wash menstrual cups and sanitize them between cycles.
Toxic Shock Syndrome can easily recur so if you’ve experienced it in the past be extra cautious!
Toxic Shock Syndrome’s causes and preventions are widely unknown to most people. So we hope these tips and this information will arm you with the knowledge you need to feel safe, comfortable and openly talk about female health issues.
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